Blind Spots and Nightmares

Books can be like people:
         they make me think beyond my own head,
                  they share terrifying truths,
                          they reveal shameful secrets,
                                   they teach in the most unconventional of ways...
                                      
The following quotes are meant to keep the old critical thinking juices brewing. I will be offline all day. It would be nice to come back to words inspired by these selections (or as a response to them). It would be delicious to find one or three of your own favorite snippets… The sweet ones, the scary ones, the sexy ones, the hurtful ones, the happy ones, the ones that are true.

“Everybody has their blind spots, the place where they are so sure of themselves that they see only their own rightness.” ~A Caress of Twilight

 “I’m your nightmare. Did you think you were done with nightmares, now you’ve become one?” ~Exquisite Corpse

“The mask was a thing on its own, behind which Jack hid, liberated from shame and self-consciousness.” ~Lord of the Flies

“Granny was old and tired and not entirely clear about things after a long day, but to survive as a witch requires an ability to jump to very large conclusions…” ~Equal Rites

“The library is inhabited by spirits that come out of the pages at night.” ~The House of the Spirits

All Within by Cameron S. Reutzel 
“Everything in the Universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.” ~ Rumi

19 comments:

  1. I have been having nightmares about the coming fire lately. Police raids, martial law, having to seek asylum in other countries. It's not pleasant, and I wake up feeling hopeless.

    I had a dream the other night, that I met a woman who related to me. This never happens in real life, but I've started to have dreams about it.

    Factoids: I never have dreams about sex. Most of the time I don't dream when I sleep. On rare occasions, a dream will suddenly snap into total reality, as if I am actually in the place I am dreaming of. This only lasts for a few moments.

    The other day, a difficult person on youtube blocked me, and I spent an hour literally beating myself up with an anthology of ghost stories, and howling. One of my neighbors started howling back.

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    1. Hm... I wonder, wonder, wonder... "raids," "martial law" and alienation. Nightmarish, indeed...

      And a mysterious lady in your dreams... sex...

      "One of my neighbors started howling back" made me cackle a little and I have no idea why.


      P.S. These four paragraphs can be turned into a very interesting story...

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  2. Enjoy your day offline. Sometimes there is nothing better than leaving the computer turned off and doing something else.

    That Rumi quote is a powerful one....I love that all that is possible lies right inside us....but, it reminds us that inaction and malaise are no one's fault but our own. The decision is ours to extract as much or as little of what life has to offer.

    I want to be a sponge :)

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    1. It was a busy time, traveling to family and then catching up (still doing the latter). And yes, a break from almost anything is nice every now and then ;-)

      "The decision is ours to extract as much or as little of what life has to offer." I like repeating interesting truths...

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  3. Books can spark ideas for one's future... Books can validate emotions, logic and the way one comes to conclusions.

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    1. They start all kinds of stuff, don't they? And sometimes they end them ;-D

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  4. (person on phone)
    "I new I should have never had that cinnamon cookie in circle last time. Now there's a fire salamander stuck in my belly and that's why I have acid reflux!"
    (clerk, in reply)
    "Do you always throw logic out the window as your first step to a solution?"
    (Oh MY Gods Omnibus, Vol. 2; Shivian Balaris)

    "Just because they're dead doesn't mean they're right."
    (OZ, a quote fronting chap. 6 in The Veil's Edge by Willow Polson)

    "By the old Gods, Wodan, Allfather. Dark Master of the Wild Heir, Master of the Black Door. Holda, Lady of the Hills, Queen of the Elves and Mistress of the Cold River. Both do I ask to help me, be present and aid me in this working."
    (p.124, hedge-rider by Eric de Vries)

    It now occurs to me that I have a great amount of work to do...

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    1. For some strange reason, I feel the need to say, "Tomorrow's zombies will never die."

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  5. I read great quotes all the time, but for the life of me I can't come up with a single one right now... I can only think of the best lines ever to draw me into a book:

    Leaving for good?
    Yes, Magda says, for better. Forever.
    The sea shimmers. Purple and perfectly smooth.
    [...]
    I want to be on my own, she says.
    He says: It was never my plan to take aloneness away from you,
    then he threads away.

    It's from 'Catching Shellfish between the Tides' by Rosalyn Chissick. There are no quotation marks in the entire book, so I didn't want to add any. The book is written more like one long poem.

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    1. I love the idea of replacing the phrase "leaving for good" for "living for better." So much better... I also like the concept of this book--such a wonderful title. And the idea of no quotations is quite intriguing, too. I'm saving the title for later...

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  6. Having read all of these beautiful posts about you and the Piano Man in rightful love, has conjured memory of the quote from "Stardust" by our beloved Neil Gaiman,

    “Every lover is, in his heart, a madman, and, in his head, a minstrel.”

    May we always be poetic and deliciously insane, my sweet Magaly. ;-) Mina

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    1. Mad witchy minstrels in love, my Mina!

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  7. I hope you've had an excellent day!! Love Cameron's painting!!

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    1. I had a wondrous day indeed. I think the next seven days will be just as yummy, too ;-)

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  8. Beautiful quotes, make me think.. and think... The painting is very nice, just what I want to know right now!
    Have a fab day, Magaly!

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    1. Glad you liked them. Those books have been dancing in my head lately. Okay, Exquisite Corpse has been staving things in my dreams, but the rest is mostly dancing ;-D

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    2. I started reading Nathaniel Hawthorne, the House of the Seven Gables. He also has good quotes/lines in this romance, but nothing yet touched my heart.
      Have a super day, dear Magaly! I still have half of a day to work.

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  9. Wow, great quotes! They do trigger the thinking process, and I love that painting! The painting also triggers my creative side, so now I am thinking double time LOL!!!

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    1. Cameron's art kisses the skin, caresses the senses, and before you know it's in your heart and brain conjuring all kinds of awesomeness. If you haven't stop by her blog/shop, take a minute or three to check it out. Then tell me how you like it ;-)

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